Why should we worship God? (2018-01-30)

Why is the first four commands related to God? Why did Jesus summarize it to loving God with all our hearts, all our souls, and all our minds? (Mat. 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27) Why should we pray unceasingly? (Eph. 6:18) Although there has been many answers to this question, the major reason is “so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before God the Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.” (1 Thes. 3:13) When we worship him, we are being transformed into his image. “We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Cor. 3:18). We come into his presence, beholding him as in a mirror, so we could be transformed from something human, made of the flesh, to something divine, made of the Spirit. Our presence before God transforms our minds (Rom. 12:2) where the biggest problem exists. Our conscience makes us see the speck in each others eye, and not the log in our own (Mat. 7:3). Somehow, we cannot see ourselves and how poor we are. In fact, when we see the negatives in others, it is usually negatives in ourselves, so we notice it in others. This is common in all of us. So we need to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Rom. 12:2) As our minds are transformed from the human way of thinking to the divine way of thinking, we begin to express him. We begin to express the divine nature so we are like Jesus, ‘proving’ the will of God in our expression. We begin to have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor. 2:16) When we have the mind of Christ, we will love God and bring ourselves into his presence for him to transform us to be more and more like him. As we love him, our love will grow for him. Then we will love everyone with his love, an ‘agape’ love, a selfless, sacrificial,. and unconditional love that bring us into unity with the same mind of Christ. (1 Cor. 1:10) We would be able to live out in reality, “I did not come to judge the world but to save the world” (John 12:47) and commit ourselves to him and his great commission “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Mat. 28:19-20) That is why we are urged “to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” (Rom. 12:1) Worshipping God is a repetitive spiritual exercise which transforms us to be like him. So worshipping God is not only for him, but mainly for us.

When we give ourselves to God, realizing we can do nothing, very strangely, that is when we can do so much.

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